The London College

Special Educational Needs & Disability

Part Time Course

Award Foundation Degree
Course Title FdA Special Educational Needs & Disability
UCAS Code XC18
Award Level 5
Start Dates September 2019
Study Mode Part Time - 3 years
Awarding Body University of Derby
UK Student £4500

This Foundation Degree has been designed for educational practitioners working with children and young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability (SEND).

On this Foundation degree, you will develop your study skills, engage in personal and professional development, and gain an understanding of SEND.  You will also learn about working with parents, carers and caregivers, attitudes and values, and protecting children and young people with SEND. You will also explore, developmental diversities, ethics and conduct action research in a SEND context.

All students need to be employed or volunteering, for at least two days a week, within an environment, which is supporting children or young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability. This is a mandatory requirement for the duration of the course.

The Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Derby and will be delivered by the College in partnership with the university.


You will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations, essays, discussion papers, case studies, and portfolios. There are no exams.

Teaching and Learning

The course attendance is usually one evening (5pm – 8pm) per week.  In addition to this, students will be expected to attend some tutorials. These are usually arranged on the evening of your study.

You will study through a mixture of theory and practical work, and reflect on your practice. You will be expected to undertake independent study of least 5-10 hours per week to research and fulfil module assignment requirements.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

You will be invited to an interview to discuss your qualifications, experience and any other related information. You will need:

  • 80 UCAS points from A-level or equivalent relevant qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching in Schools
  • To be working or doing voluntary work in the sector, with access to a suitably qualified mentor to support your professional development during the course
  • Five GCSEs at grades A*- C/grade 4 or above, including Maths and English or the equivalent.

All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. 

What you will cover

Year 1

  •   FdA 001 Starting to Study - 4
  •   FdA 002 Personal and Professional Development for the SEND Practitioner - 4
  •   FdA 003 Introduction to SEND - 4
  •   FdA 004 Introduction to Developmental Diversities - 4

Year 2

  •   FdA 005 Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values - 4
  •   FdA 006 Protecting Children and Young People with SEND - 4
  •   FdA 007 Exploring Developmental Diversities - 5
  •   FdA 008 Supporting Learners with SEND - 5

Year 3

  •   FdA 009 Action Research in the SEND Context - 5
  •   FdA 010 Working with Parents, Carers Caregivers in the SEND context - 5
  •   FdA 011 Mental Health and Wellbeing - 5
  •   FdA 012 Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties - 5

Careers and employability

  • You can progress on to stage three of an honours degree, for example, BA (Hons) Education Studies or  BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Move ahead in your vocational field into senior roles in a variety of settings

Professional Recognition

Many of  graduates have gone on to senior roles within their practice and workplace settings.

In recent years many of  graduates have:

  • moved ahead in their vocational field - they are in senior roles, leading practice and settings.
  • continued on to achieve a bachelors degree.

How to Apply

Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc. before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail. New Students landing page

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